“When are the 2019 Illinois Resident Free Days at the Adler Planetarium?”

On Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents receive free General Admission to the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.  A valid identification card with an Illinois address is required at the box office.

This covers access to all exhibits, but excludes the Atwood Sphere Experience and sky shows. On Illinois Resident Discount Days, Illinois residents may also upgrade to an All Access Pass at a discounted price and thereby gain access to the Atwood Sphere Experience, as well as the Adler Planetarium’s sky shows.



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Dates are subject to change.  Check this Webpage for updates.

Special Offer for Federal Government Workers during the U.S. Government Shutdown

As a respite to Federal Government workers on furlough or working without pay during the U.S. Government shutdown,[1] the Adler Planetarium is offering free General Admission with Federal Government identification to all Federal Government workers.  Present identification as a Federal Government worker at the Adler Planetarium box office to receive two free general admission tickets.  Federal Government workers may also upgrade to an All Access Pass, which includes sky shows, at a discounted price: $17.95 for adults and $16.95 for children.

Every Day Discounts

Illinois teachers (Preschool through 12th Grade) and active military personnel receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass.  To take advantage of this benefit, one must show proper identification at the Adler Planetarium box office.

Students and senior citizens (with identification) receive $2 off admission (any admission pass).  Residents of the city of Chicago (as opposed to its suburbs), with proof of residency, receive discounts on all admission passes in recognition of the generous support from the City of Chicago (meaning the municipal government).  Check at the Adler Planetarium box office for details.

Museums For All

The Adler Planetarium is proud to participate in Museums For All, an initiative designed to make museums more accessible to families across the whole federation by removing financial barriers.  Any family that qualifies for state good assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known in Illinois as a Link card) or a WIC identification card, is eligible to participate.  Eligible participants may receive a Basic Pass (which includes one show) for up to eight people at $1 per guest.  Any guest who wishes to upgrade to an All Access Pass (unlimited shows) may do so for $5 per guest.  Identification must be shown at the Adler Planetarium box office only to receive this special rate.  For further details, check the Museums For All F.A.Q. Webpage.

A.S.T.C. Travel Passport Program

Members of science centers and museums that are located over ninety miles away from the Adler Planetarium and that participate in the A.S.T.C. Travel Passport Program are eligible for free General Admission to the Adler Planetarium.  Members must present their active membership card featuring the A.S.T.C. logo and valid photo identification card at the Adler Planetarium box office to receive this discount.

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is located at the northeastern corner of Northerly Island, which is really a peninsula.  It is the only island from a chain of artificial islands Daniel Hudson Burnham, Senior (1846-1912) and Edward H. Bennett (1874-1954) called for in the Plan of Chicago.  Northerly Island is part of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham ParkThe Field Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum comprise the Museum Campus at the northern end of Burnham Park, east of Grant Park in downtown Chicago.  Soldier Field and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place are immediately south of the Museum Campus.  The Arie Crown Theater is inside the Lakeside Center.

The address is 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The phone number is (312) 922-7827.  The Website U.R.L. is https://www.adlerplanetarium.org.


[1] Federal Government workers in impacted agencies are supposed to receive back pay when the shutdown ends, but in the meantime are not receiving paychecks.

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